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A happy Moody after winning 8th Wimbledon
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 2, 1938

In the battle of the antagonistic Helens, Wills Moody takes advantage of an injury to her arch-rival Jacobs and wins Wimbledon for an unprecedented eighth time.

The score is tied at 4-4 in the first set when Jacobs, serving at 40-30, strains her right Achilles tendon in a vain attempt to volley Moody's passing shot. Jacobs, who first injured the ankle in the semifinals, doesn't win another game, with the second set lasting a mere eight minutes, as Moody registers a 6-4, 6-0 victory.

The two do not exchange a single smile or remark from the time they take the court until Moody runs up to shake hands with her defeated rival. "Too bad, Helen," Moody says after beating her for the 11th time in their 12 matches.

After emerging from her dressing room, Moody is serenely cool and happy. "I was very sorry about Helen's ankle," she says, "but it couldn't be helped, could it? I thought there was nothing I could do but get it over as quickly as possible."

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